I write words good. Or — if you’d prefer a more loquacious introduction — I’m a versatile communications professional with extensive experience in journalism, copy-writing, content marketing, editing, promotional emails and internal comms.

My writing has been featured by the Culture Trip, Hostelworld, Rugby League Week, YHA Australia, Men’s Style, Chillisauce, League Weekly and League Express newspapers, official programs for the V8 Supercars and the College Football Sydney Cup, preview mags for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2016 and 2015 AFL season, HI Canada, Australia-New Zealand magazine, Vertigo and Education Review. Click here to read some of my work.

Based in Sydney but working with clients across the globe, please get in touch with any freelance opportunities — it would be great to work together!

My work

HI Canada — Social Media Consultant — March 2019 to now

Spearheading the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter strategy for Canada’s leading provider of budget accommodation, with 50-plus properties across the country.

Freelance writer — 2010 to now

My work has been published by Culture Trip, Hostelworld, Chillisauce and various rugby league titles. Click here to check out some more examples from my portfolio.

The Culture Trip — Writer — September 2017 to now

Whether it’s a listicle covering unique new year’s traditions from around the world or LGBTQ culture in Sydney, I’ve covered it all for the Culture Trip. Great freelance gig producing attention-grabbing content for this London-based, millennial-focused travel start-up.

YHA Australia — Communications Coordinator — June 2016 to June 2018

Writing about travel has to be right up there with chocolate taster and puppy dog trainer on the pantheon of the world’s top jobs, and that’s exactly what this full-time role at YHA delivered. For two years I was the communications coordinator for a network of 70-plus backpacker hostels, the largest provider of budget accommodation in Australia.

At YHA, I spearheaded the content marketing strategy by publishing quality long-form destination pieces and travel lifestyle articles, as well as distributing twice-monthly email newsletters, managing the internal intranet for an organisation with 350 employees across 70 nation-wide locations, and editing the 128-page accommodation guide and member magazine Backpacker Essentials.

Bauer Media — Journalist — February 2011 to December 2017

If writing about travel sounds like a sweet gig, how about getting paid to watch football? Between 2011 and 2017, I contributed to Rugby League Week magazine — churning out match reports, player profiles, features and news — until the magazine sadly pulled the curtain on half a century of history in 2017.

During my seven years at Bauer Media I also worked on a range of one-shot sporting titles like the official programmes of the V8 Supercars (2015-16), International Champions Cup football tournament (2015) and the College Football Sydney Cup (2016), plus preview magazines for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2015 AFL season and the UEFA Euro 2016.

Education

University of Technology, Sydney — Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and International Studies, 2010-2016

3.85 Grade Point Average on the 4.00 GPA scale (high distinction average), including a year of in-country study at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, así hablo un poco de español.

St Aloysius College, Milsons Point — HSC Graduate 2008

99.55 UAI, joint dux, HSC All Rounders list.

Contact me

Flick me an email if you’ve got some words that need writing.

tom.smith.communications@gmail.com